Exploring technology

It is funny. I use a computer all day long, but I don’t seem to explore much. This morning, I’ve been exploring what I can do with my blog now that I have a better idea how to use it. I found out how to put a Site Feed on it, but now I want a page that has all of my friends site feeds in one so that I can see what has changed without visiting a number of different websites.

I also decided to try out AIM on my phone. Can I just tell you how much I really hate the Sanyo UI? Of course, every time I tell someone that, they say that their phone UI sucks. Then I give them mine and tell them to try to do something. First thing they notice are the ugly colors and I say that they were my best options. Then they complain about how when you click the down arrow, the wheel on the screen moves up! They don’t even get to the part where you have to click through about ten screens just to send a text message because they’ve already gotten frustrated and given the phone back.

So why do I stick with this phone? First is because my grandmother gave it to me and I have a hard time getting rid of gifts. Second, I’ve only had it for two years. It was one of the first phones with a built in camera. I feel like it should last longer than two years. Meine Schwester has been through three already, and I’m still on the first. According to Sprint, I can have $150 towards the purchase of a new phone, but I don’t like any of Sprints phones and I’d have to sign a new 2-year contract. I want something with Bluetooth that I can sync with iCal and AddressBook.

So why don’t I change plans? Because the plan that meine Schwester and I have is about $115 for 2000 shared minutes a month, free SprintPCS-to-SprintPCS calls, unlimited nights and weekends starting at 9 pm (bummer it isn’t the 7pm thing), free roaming on other networks, unlimited internet, unlimited text messaging, unlimited picture sharing.

What do I really want? I’ve been drooling over a Motorola Razr. Partly because everyone at work has one. Partly because of how thin it is and how sleek it looks. The downside is that I still hear people complain about the UI. Why can’t Apple do the UI for someone’s phones? If so, I’d definitely have to get one. Which begs the question–when will I give up the fabulous plan because I can’t stand the UI of my current phone. Is there a stress-strain curve for this kind of thing that will tell me where my breaking point is?


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on October 23, 2005 at 8:54 pm

    I think you’ve had your phone for more than two years. I got mine just over two years ago, and your phone was already the “old” model at that point. So go forth and buy yourself a new toy! ;)R


  2. Posted by Thule friends and family on October 24, 2005 at 1:39 am

    Just buy a new phone… scrooge.


  3. Posted by Kevin Keenan on October 24, 2005 at 1:42 am

    Maybe you can find a “feature” phone! Maybe one that’s a convertible too! ;)


  4. Posted by Ryan Stone on October 24, 2005 at 2:01 am

    Seriously… get a new phone sign and get sucked into a crappy contract like the rest of us ;-) I heard something about an iTunes phone, wouldn’t apple have made the UI for that?


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